Finger Lakes Community College will host an inauguration ceremony for the college’s fifth president, Robert K. Nye, on Friday starting with a 1:45 p.m. processional into the Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. The public is invited to attend.
The new State University of New York chancellor, Kristina M. Johnson, who started work this month, will attend to conduct the formal installation. In higher education, inaugurations are held several months or more after the president has been in office and include representatives from nearby colleges. With FLCC preparing for the 50th anniversary of full-time classes in February 2018, the processional will include at least one representative of every graduating class for the past 49 years. FLCC’s first graduation of 12 students took place on June 8, 1969.
“With the college’s approaching 50th anniversary, this inauguration is a time to celebrate not just Dr. Nye’s leadership but the steady growth of FLCC and its importance to the community,” said Donna Mihalik, chair of the FLCC Board of Trustees. “Many alumni, retirees and community members still remember when classes were held in whatever spaces were available in downtown Canandaigua. Now the college has a newly renovated main campus, three campus centers, two field stations and more than 50 degree and certificate programs, with more on the way.”